ARC Review: Inherit the Stars

Inherit the Stars
Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Release date: December 8, 2015

Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive. Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren’s life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father. But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

While Inherit the Stars is set in space, much of what occurs could very easily be a regular dystopic sci-fi novel. Asa is one of the princesses to House of Fane, but not the Heir, so to save her oldest sister, she tricks and marries into the House of Westlet for a treaty that would save her people. Asa is fiercely loyal to her sister, and her people. She has a natural leader, but pushed around because of her unimportance. Natually, people in Westlet aren’t happy and to appease the Electorate, she and Eagle pretend to be lovers who eloped.

But the Catching Fire-esque plotline aside, trouble comes in the form of her mother who had defected and married into another House, and claiming her for that House, making the treaty null and void for Fane. Asa, being very loyal to her people, tries to run away than let them take her. She is smart, but circumstances keep working against her. Like, when she thought she was saving her people by entering into an arranged marriage, she didn’t know that she was leaving the treaty open for annulment.

But that treaty drama aside, there is also the Electorate, which have to be the most snobbish group of elitists in the galaxy. They ridicule Eagle for his scars, and she stands up for him, thus paving the way for their love. Before that, it’s mostly awkwardness and hostility, and acting for the cameras, but by the end of the book, they are in love. However, though they go through a lot together, it doesn’t seem organic, and a lot of parts are confusing. This would have been good, if it would have been properly thought out and well-constructed. The characters lack depth, except Asa, and most of them are outright shallow and cruel. The ending, too, was just thrown in together. Like, how did her dad manage that? Like I said, poorly constructed plot, but not bad writing. I would give it 2.5 stars.

Received a free galley from Perseus Books Group via Netgalley; this does not influence my opinions or the review.

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